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Head Injury Claims
Thankfully, the vast majority of head injuries aren’t serious or life-threatening. That said, if you’re thinking of making a head injury claim of which occurred through no fault of your own, then we are here to assist you with getting the compensation you are due.
Our friendly team of legal advisors at Smith Jones are highly experienced in dealing with head injuries and will be able to help you every step of the way. In fact, we’ve not only secured over £10 million for our clients during the past year alone, but we’re also accredited as head injury specialists by ‘Headway’, the UK’s Brain Injury Association. This means that we’re trusted to give only the very best legal advice – and we’d like to think that, as specialist lawyers in personal injury claims, that’s exactly what we do best.
So, whether you’ve suffered a minor head injury – or have been diagnosed with a much more serious brain injury – you can rest assured that the team of experts at Smith Jones solicitors completely understand how head injuries can very quickly lead to both physical and psychological issues – and that’s exactly where we’re here to help you.
According to ‘Headway’ around one million people visit A&E each and every year following some type of head injury (source). Unfortunately, around every 1 in every 2,000 patients who attend hospital with a head injury also die as a result of their injury.
Thankfully, (and as can be seen from the above statistic), the majority of these emergency referrals are considered to be minor and have either short-term or absolutely no long-lasting effects, yet many others are left with a traumatic brain injury (sometimes referred to as ‘TBI’) which can understandably have devastating effects for both the patient, their friends and their families.
As you might appreciate, head injuries can be sustained for a whole host of reasons including (but certainly not limited to) the following sorts of scenario:
- Trips and falls in the workplace
- Road traffic incidents
- Clinical negligence or errors
- Trauma from falling objects
However your head injury might have been sustained, we’ll be able to help you to make a successful claim for compensation, together with any other associated losses such as loss of earnings, out-of-pocket expenses and so on.
Our legal team specialises in dealing with accident and personal injury claims only. We have been providing legal services in the UK since 1988 and are accredited through the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, as well as The Law Society and, are regulated and authorised by the SRA.
|Injury Type||Compensation Amount|
|Minor head injury||£1,675 to £9,700|
|Nose fracture||£1,925 to £3,875|
|Cheekbone fracture||£1,775 to £12,000|
|Jaw fracture||£4,900 to £23,175|
|Epilepsy||£41,675 to £114,100|
|Brain damage (moderate to severe)||£32,725 to £307,000|
As you might expect, when it comes to receiving compensation for head injuries, there’s certainly no ‘one size fits all’ and the amount you receive will very much depend on your personal circumstances.
That said, to ensure a fair outcome for all, we do rely on a publication which is recognised by the Courts and is known as the ‘Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases’ (Fourteenth Edition (2017)) by the Judicial College. You can link to our claims calculation page here: – https://smithjonessolicitors.co.uk/claims-calculator/ where you’ll see some typical examples of the compensation amounts we’ve secured for some of our clients.
In cases where a loved one has passed away due to a head injury then you can be assured that our team will treat you with both compassion and respect whilst securing the best possible outcome for you – and hopefully with a view to securing some financial security for both you and those close to you.
If you would like to discuss a head injury or brain injury that you have been affected by, we are here to help you. Call us on 0800 195 9590 to talk to one of our expert solicitors. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are ready to take your call.
Types of Head Injuries Covered In A Claim
As with any other type of injury, head injuries can either be relatively simple or sadly, even result in death.
Here we take a very brief look at some of the different types of head injuries our team at Smith Jones solicitors deal with on behalf of our clients …
According to the NHS website, a concussion is considered to be “… a temporary injury to the brain caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head.”
Concussion typically occurs within a few minutes (or possibly hours) after a head injury is first sustained and can last for anything between a few days to a few weeks.
Regardless of how your head injury might have been sustained, it’s always advisable to seek immediate medical advice for any suspected concussion since it certainly needs to be properly managed. Unfortunately, the usual side-effects of concussion can be quite unpleasant and may include headaches, dizziness, confusion, and in more serious cases, even memory loss.
Unfortunately, some people find that the effects of their concussion last for much longer than initially expected and this is known as post-concussion syndrome. If you find yourself diagnosed with this then it’s important that you talk to us as soon as possible about making a claim since this condition can often lead to depression, anxiety and changes in your behaviour.
Fractures to the skull are put into different categories which can be described as follows:
- Simple (closed) fractures – where the skin hasn’t broken and the surrounding tissue isn’t damaged in any way. These are usually the lesser serious types of fracture and can more easily be treated (although that’s certainly not to suggest that the overall effect will be short-term).
- Compound (open) fractures – these occur when both the skin and tissue are broken, leaving the brain completely exposed. These tend to quite serious since this type of exposure naturally means that there’s a higher risk of bacterial infection and therefore requires immediate medical treatment to minimise any potential long term damage.
- Linear fractures – as the name probably suggests, these fractures show a break in the bone which almost looks like a straight line on the x-ray or scan. The most common cause of linear fractures is due to blunt force trauma.
- Depressed fracture – these type of fractures occur when part of the skull is crushed inwards. Again, these can typically result from blunt force trauma and can certainly present a high risk of increased pressure on the brain. For this reason, depressed fractures can be quite serious in nature since small pieces of bone can press inwards against the brain.
- Basal fracture – basilar fractures, as they’re sometimes referred to, are again linear type fractures which occur in the floor of the skull base. Fortunately they’re quite rare but are quite capable of causing very specific symptoms, such as a clear fluid called ‘cerebrospinal fluid’ (or ‘CSF’) leaking from the nose or ears and even ‘periorbital ecchymosis’ (otherwise known as ‘raccoon eyes’); which is basically bruising around the orbits of the eyes resulting from blood collecting there as it leaks through from the actual fracture site.
Fractures to the cheekbone can quickly be caused through direct blows to the face and can even affect the eye area given the very close proximity. In some cases, fractures to the cheekbone can cause a discontinuity in the bones and thus lead to permanent disfigurement of the face. In cases such as these then it’s important to seek an expert opinion on whether any cosmetic treatment might be necessary and of course, it’s important to fully understand the long-term prognosis since more serious cases can often necessitate counselling or other relevant therapy.
Eye socket fractures
Since the eye socket (or ‘orbit’) is made up of the bones which surround the eye area, they’re also capable of what medics refer to as an ‘orbital fracture’. If not treated properly this particular type of fracture can result in long-lasting effects, including infection and even permanent double vision.
Broken jaws tend to be quite a common facial injury and occur when the temporomandibular joint (where the jaw connects with the skull) is shifted out of place. Broken jaws can often result in surgery and certainly shouldn’t be underestimated in terms of recovery time since the jaw plays such a fundamental part of day to day expression and speech.
Any severe blow to the head (for example, through assault) can cause bleeding or swelling inside the skull which can then press on the brain and can certainly be life-threatening if medical attention isn’t sought immediately.
Will I Be Able To Claim For Anything Else?
Absolutely. In addition to the compensation itself (which you might hear referred to as ‘general damages’), you’ll also be able to claim any other associated losses such as any loss of earnings, any reduction in pay (for example, if you are put onto statutory sick pay instead of standard full pay), any promotional or other job-related losses you might suffer (as a result of you not being able to attend work), prescription charges, expert fees (such as medical opinions), travel expenses and other general out-of-pocket expenses. These are all known as ‘special damages’ and we’ll ask you to keep a note of these so that we can claim them all back on your behalf.
How Do I Make A Head Injury Claim & What’s The Process?
Making a claim for compensation through Smith Jones solicitors is really easy. You can either contact us for an informal chat on our Freephone number, 0800 195 95 90 which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively, you might choose to speak with one of our online operators via the web chat facility which you can easily access from our website. However you choose to contact us, we’re confident that you won’t be disappointed with our advice or the claims process as a whole.
Once you’ve told us a little bit more about your head injury we’ll be able to offer you bespoke advice on what to do next. We can help you through every step of the process, from sending an initial letter of claim to the other party (i.e. the person who may have caused your head injury), right through to issuing legal proceedings, obtaining expert evidence (for example, from a medical consultant) and then bringing your claim to a successful conclusion as quickly as possible.
Fortunately, most of our claims are settled without the necessity of our clients having to attend Court and of course, we’ll always deal with any third party insurers as a matter of priority and without you having to worry.
Because we only specialise in personal injury claims, we’re confident that we’re the very best in what we do and that’s why we’re now one of the most reputable law firms when it comes to making a personal injury claim.
However, don’t just take our word for it. Why not put us to the test and let us help you get back on the road to recovery. We’re pretty confident it’ll be the best call you’ve ever made! Call Now 0800 195 95